After living for nearly a year in a Durham church, an undocumented man was arrested on Friday by immigration officers…
After living for nearly a year in a Durham church, an undocumented man was arrested on Friday by immigration officers when he left the church to hold a meeting with US citizenship and immigration services in Morrisville.
Samuel Oliver-Bruno, 47, has lived in the basement of the CityWell United Methodist Church for 11 months while delaying his expulsion to Mexico. The churches are one of the few places where US immigrants and customs authorities do not make arrests.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service requested that Oliver-Bruno appear personally to provide fingerprints, a necessary step for his petition, according to a press release from Alerta Migratoria, an immigrant justice service organization in North Carolina.
Oliver-Bruno was accompanied by religious leaders, family members and other supporters Friday morning. He was arrested by immigration authorities at the USCIS office.
When Question and Observer asked why Oliver-Bruno was arrested, ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said in an email:
“Mr. Oliver-Bruno is a sentenced criminal who has received all appropriate legal process under federal law, has no outstanding appeals and has no legal basis to remain in the United States. “
USCIS did not comment on Oliver-Bruno’s case.
“It’s important that the organization does not schedule a meeting in our application support centers for an applicant who has no pending immigration grant application,” USCIS spokesman Michael Bars said in a statement.
“USCIS has committed itself to judging all petitions , applications and requests fair, effective and effective on a case-by-case basis to determine whether they meet all requirements required by applicable laws, policies and regulations. “
In a joint statement released Friday night, Reps David Price and G.K. Butterfield accused USCIS and ICE to coordinate the arrest.
“It seems that ICE has acted in agreement with USCIS officials, instructing Oliver-Bruno to appear at local USCIS offices to discuss his postponed expulsion.”  “He was then seized by the complainant’s ICE agents when he entered the building. At best, Mr. Oliver-Bruno was presented with a catch-22 dilemma, at worst he was framed. It is obvious that while Mr Oliver -Bruno tried to follow the law in pursuit of his legal appeal, ICE co-ordinated with USCIS that he would direct him after leaving the city of the Well United Methodist Church. “
ICE has agreed to hold Oliver Bruno in a detention center in the country until his case was settled, said the statement.
“While this means that he is not immediately deported, we continue to contradict his release.”
] A crowd of supporters gathered outside the office just before 9 o’clock on Friday morning to pray for Oliver-Bruno. CityWell’s pastor Cleve can tell those who gathered that he hoped he would participate in the appointment would be a simple step in the correct process for Oliver-Bruno’s request for postponed action.
“This is an essential part of the USCIS process, and we ask our government to honor a person’s attempt to follow the process,” May tells the audience before entering the building with Oliver-Bruno and his team team.
“Your presence here is a very helpful thing in demonstrating social support and the fact that if any violation of this guilty process would occur, it will not be undesirable and it will not go before society calls for justice.”
Oliver-Bruno entered the building with May and his team team while the rest of his supporters waited outside the building. Through the glass doors of the building, some followers and journalists saw Oliver-Bruno, his son and immigration officers.
Oliver-Bruno was arrested and took out a back door and put in a van, then surrounded by his supporters. Some blocked the truck for about two hours to sing cultivation songs and pray. Eventually, the Morrisville Police and Wake Sheriff Office blocked the habit, including May, after several warnings to spread.
Oliver-Bruno’s son Daniel Oliver Perez, a US citizen, was arrested in the parking lot as he approached to say farewell to his father. He was accused of Morrisville police attacking a government chief.
Police department Morrisville received a call at. 9:15 pm about a crowd that prevented the ICE from transporting someone who had been arrested, the agency said in a press release. Police department said it was confirmed that the ICE had a federal arrest warrant for Oliver-Bruno and that the agency did not help to arrest him. Police department arrested 27 people in the crowd who were told to spread.
“Police Department Morrisville had no prior knowledge of plans to arrest Mr Oliver-Bruno. Anyone who has requests for the first arrest is invited to contact the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office.”
Virdiana Martinez, Alerta Migratoria Oliver-Bruno knew that he risked leaving the church and an even greater risk by entering an immigration office so that his consideration could be considered.
Oliver-Bruno is one of six immigrants in the state living in church real estate to avoid imminent expulsion and buy time to delay expulsion. These churches are called “sanctuary churches” and are part of a nationwide growing faith-based movement. ICE usually does not arrest undeclared immigrants in churches, schools or hospitals based on an internally self-imposed policy established in 2012.
Samuel Oliver-Bruno looks back before preparing for interviews after the press conference at the CityWell United Methodist Church on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.
Casey Toth N & O File Photo
“Of Those Who Leave The Church and into these (immigration) offices, they are essentially seized in evil … to make this request, “says Martinez.
Alerta Migratoria has regularly visited Washington DC to advocate the six immigrants and receive support from their respective congressmen.
reps. David Price and G.K. Butterfield, both Democrats, signed a letter of support that asked USCIS for prosecutor’s office in Oliver-Bruno’s case.
“We strongly believe that Oliver-Bruno is someone who deserves deferred activities,” the letter, which was signed on November 1, states.
After moving into the church, Oliver-Bruno has stopped working in construction. He is the only financial support for his wife, Julia Perez Pacheco, and son, Daniel. His wife has lupus and depends economically on her husband to pay for treatment.
“Mr. Oliver-Bruno is the sole income recipient for his family and his removal from the country would lead to his wife unable to receive the medical treatment she desperately needs …” according to the letter.
“Daniel is 19 years old and his ability to improve through the pursuit of a college degree depends on his father’s financial and emotional help, which Oliver-Bruno could not give if he were to be moved from the country.”
Martinez has also talked to Republican American Sen Sen Thom Tillis office to support Oliver-Bruno and the other five.
Mexico 1994 left to live in Greenville. His wife followed him in 1996 with a work permit.
It is unclear when Oliver-Bruno returned to Mexico, but in May 2014, he tried to cross the border to the United States again to be with his wife who was in cardiac surgery.
By that time, he was seized at the border for attempting to enter the country using fraudulent acts, according to ICE’s statement. The US government only allowed him to enter the country for federal criminal prosecution. He was sentenced to the Western District District Court of the United States.
“Given that he had completed his federal opinion, he had been freed from federal custody in June 2014, he came to this agency’s custody at that time and was subject to removal at that time. But because of a variety of appeals and discretion he was not removed, Cox said, the ICE spokesman.
However, this space occurred at the end of the year. When the Office informed him about it, Oliver-Bruno moved into the church to buy more time.